RAJNA SWAMINATHAN is an accomplished artist in the field of South Indian classical percussion – mrudangam. She is a disciple and protégé ...
RAJNA SWAMINATHAN is an accomplished artist in the field of South Indian classical percussion – mrudangam. She is a disciple and protégé of mrudangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. She has performed with several renowned Indian classical musicians and dancers, touring widely in North America and India. Rajna also regularly gives workshops on the South Indian rhythmic perspective, most notably at the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Over the past three years, she has been collaborating and performing with distinguished artists in the New York jazz and creative music scenes, including pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Steve Coleman. Rajna is active as a composer-performer for dance and theatre works. Most notably, she has toured widely with the acclaimed Ragamala Dance (Minneapolis). Rajna holds degrees in Anthropology and French from the University of Maryland, College Park.